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New York State to Sue Federal Gov’t Over Being Banned from “Trusted Traveler Programs”

New York State to Sue Federal Gov’t Over Being Banned from “Trusted Traveler Programs”

NEW YORK - The U.S. state of New York will file a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s plan to block New Yorkers from participating in certain "trusted traveler programs (TTPs)" due to a state law that prevents immigration officials from accessing motor vehicle records.
The lawsuit "will argue that the Federal Department of Homeland Security has violated New York's sovereign immunity, not provided our residents with equal protection and is acting in an arbitrary and capricious manner that denies the rights and privileges of all New Yorkers," according to Governor Andrew Cuomo's office on Friday.
At a news conference in Manhattan, Cuomo, a Democrat, called the proposed block "an abuse of power" which is hurting New Yorkers to advance their political agenda.
In December, a new law in New York state, dubbed "Green Light," took effect, allowing unauthorized immigrants to obtain a driver's license. It also prevents the state's Department of Motor Vehicles officials from handing over information to federal authorities.
In response to the law, the DHS said on Wednesday that New Yorkers will no longer be able to enroll in or renew membership of its TTPs, including Global Entry, which allows people returning from abroad to skip passport check lines.
The DHS said in a letter to New York state that the "Green Light" law prevents federal agencies from protecting residents from "menacing threats to national security and public safety."
New York is not the only state that allows illegal immigrants to obtain a driver's licence, but it's the only state that bans the sharing of motor vehicle records with federal immigration agents, according to DHS officials. (Xinhua)